A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including post-race comments from Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang at the Berlin Marathon
Bekele wanted the WR
Kenenisa Bekele was pleased to have claimed the Ethiopian marathon record at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday but disappointed to have missed the world record, informs organisers.
“I’m so happy to have broken the Ethiopian record of Haile Gebrselassie,” he said, after clocking 2:03:03 for a time just six seconds off Dennis Kimetto’s world record. “I’m a little disappointed as well, since I didn’t break the world record. But I hope I can come back here again and get a second chance.
“Towards the end of the race I had a few problems with my hamstrings but otherwise was ok.”
Wilson Kipsang said the world record was the aim but he hasn’t ruled out another crack at Kimetto’s mark. “I was going all out to break the world record but couldn’t quite do it, but there’s always another time. Overall I ran very well and felt very relaxed. It was a great race with Kenenisa Bekele, even though I finished second,” he said.
Aberu Kebede just missed breaking the sub-2:20 mark but hopes to return next year to secure that time. “But I’m very happy to have won her for the third time,” she said. “It was a big ambition to break 2:20 and it still is. I hope to have another chance to achieve this in Berlin.”
Kenenisa Bekele’s splits: 14:21 5km, 29:00 10km, 43:37 15km (14:39), 58:02 20km (14:37), 61:11 halfway, 1:12:47 25km (14:25), 1:27:30 30km (14:43), 1:42:01 35km (14:31), 1:56:55 40km (14:54). 10km splits: 29:00, 29:02, 29:28, 29:25.
Halfway splits: 61:11/61:52.
PZU Warsaw Marathon
There was a Kenyan clean sweep in the men’s race at the 38th PZU Warsaw Marathon on Sunday, with Ezekiel Omullo (2:08:54) ahead of Douglas Kipsanai (2:11:24) and Dominic Kangor (2:11:48), while Bahrain’s Gladys Kibiwott won the women’s race in 2:36:34 ahead of Ethiopia’s Tizita Niguse (2:37:29).
Best Europeans were Polish runners Jared Shegumo, who was sixth in 2:15:05, and Anna Szyszka, who was fourth in 2:50:18.
Japan Corporate Championships
The final day of the Japan Corporate Championships in Osaka had a fast 100m by Ryota Yamagata who clocked a meet record and personal best 10.03 (+0.5) ahead of Asuka Cambridge’s 10.15.
David Njuguna from Kenya was best in the 5000m the 13:24.74, while in another heat James Mwangi clocked 13:24.97.
Wataru Yazawa won the sprint hurdles in 13.65 (+0.7) and Mizuno the 4x400m in 3:04.51.
In the women’s 5000m Kenyan Ann Karinid clocked 15:17.43 ahead of Rosemary Wanjiru’s 15:18.80 and Mariam Waithira’s 15:20.94. Best Japanese was Misaki Kato in fourth with a 15:23.98 PB.
Hitomi Shimura won the 100m hurdles in 13.10 (+1.0) and Risa Myashita improved in the javelin to a 60.86m PB.
Artem Alekseyev won the Moscow Marathon on Sunday with a course record and PB time of 2:13:40. Fyodor Shutov (2:14:31) and Yuriy Chechun (2:15:04) finished second and third respectively.
Tatyana Aryasova was fastest in the women’s race with 2:32:34 ahead of Natalya Starkova (2:33:36) and Olga Tatrantinova 2:36:04.
Remich Route du Vin Half Marathon
Kenya’s Kalipus Lomwai won Sunday’s Remich Route du Vin Half Marathon in Luxembourg in 63:57 ahead of Ethiopia’s Mengistu Gezahagn (63:58) and Erick Koskei (64:08), while Kenyans Nancy Arusei (72:29) and Beatrice Cherono (73:56) were first and second in the women’s race.
‘Around-Taihu’ multi-day race walking competition
The first day of the four-day walking competition around Lake Taihu had a win for Sweden’s Perseus Karlstrom in the men’s 20km in 1:24:27 ahead of Olympic medallist Dane Bird-Smith with 1:24:50 and Colombian Edier Arevalo with 1:25:02.
In the hot weather (30 degrees), Nie Jingjing of China won the women’s 20km in 1:33:30, with Australian Regan Lamble second in 1:34:21 and Spain’s Beatriz Pascual third in 1:35:58.
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